What is a charter school?
Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are created and operated by organizations other than local school districts. They provide a free education and, like public schools, cannot discriminate by race, gender, religion, or disability.
Don’t students who attend public school perform better than those who attend a charter school?
First and foremost, charter schools are public schools. Like all public schools, there are no entrance exams and no tuition. Each charter school must go through a rigorous approval process before they can open their doors and then must be reapproved every five years. No other kind of public school is subjected to this kind of scrutiny and accountability.
What types of disabilities do you assist currently?
Our main focus in on children who face challenges associated with dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, and other autism spectrum disorders, along with Down’s Syndrome children and others who are mentally and physically developmentally delayed.
Who provides charter schools with funding
The state of Arizona provides funds on a per pupil basis. Citations: Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-185(A)-(B). Charter schools are still held accountable for test scores, state mandates, and other traditional requirements that public schools are required to uphold.
What is the difference between charter school teachers and staff and other public schools?
Charter schools are required to hire credentialed teachers, just like traditional schools, for core subjects. And although charter schools do have some added flexibility in hiring for non-core subjects, at Rockwood Prep staff members who interact with students are credentialed in __________________, and, must adhere to strict federal and state guidelines for staffing.
Why did you start this alternative learning charter school?
Although there are nearly 600 charter schools in Arizona (Source: publiccharters.org) demand for high-quality school options, especially for children with learning disabilities is severely limited. At Rockwood Prep we are looking to improve public education as a whole, while bringing innovative teach methods and modalities to the special community.
How do you know if a child with disabilities will require a specialized education?
There is a series of assessments that is administered to children to determine levels of need and suitable educational, behavioral, and emotional solutions to help him/or her grow and progress in a positive way. Our first cue that a child needs an alternative educational comes from parents. They know that something is not right and can see that their child is not adapting or thriving in a mainstream school setting.
Wouldn’t it be better for a special needs child to integrate into a traditional charter or public school environment?
Children with special needs are incredibly bright, they just learn differently than the current, sometimes outdated way of teaching currently upheld in many mainstream schools. Plus, parents are typically looking to take advantage of a charter school’s hands-on approach to education that focuses on meeting individual student’s needs, innovation, and active community and parental involvement.